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Jenny Saville (British, born Cambridge 1970)
Oil on canvas
108 x 144 1/8 in. (274.3 x 366.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Martin and Toni Sosnoff, 2011
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© Jenny Saville
Not on view
Still is based on a photograph of a woman's head in a morgue. Her matted hair, like the sagging flesh of her face, falls to one side, pulled downward by the force of gravity. The whole is cast in a beautiful but eerie blue light, and the two round forms at the upper right, presumably examination lights, add a haunting note. Jenny Saville applies her varied palette of oil colors in broad, fluid strokes, building a rich painterly surface she likens to layers of flesh. The creamy textures and opalescent hues seduce the eye yet seem at odds with the gruesome nature of the subject.
Inscription: Signed and dated (verso): Saville 2003
[Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2003; sold in 2003 to private collection]; private collection, Connecticut (2003–6; sale, Sotheby's, New York, November 14, 2006, no. 76; sold to Sosnoff); Martin and Toni Sosnoff, New York (2006–11; their gift to MMA)

New York. Gagosian Gallery. "Jenny Saville: Migrants," April 5–May 3, 2003, unnumbered cat.

Ken Johnson. "Art in Review: Jenny Saville–Migrants." New York Times (April 25, 2003), p. E39.

Linda Nochlin. Jenny Saville: Migrants. Exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery. New York, 2003, unpaginated.

John Gray, ed. Jenny Saville. New York, 2005, pp. 96–97.

Marla Prather in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2010-2012." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 70 (Fall 2012), p. 77, ill. (color).

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